Makarfi United Pip Shanono In Kaduna Director Of Sports Peace Cup Opener

    Dignitaries at the opening ceremony of the Kaduna State Director of Sports, Yakubu Ibrahim Peace and Unity Cup at the Makarfi Township Stadium on Saturday October 26, 2019.

    By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna

    Makarfi United got strong resistance from Shanono Gubuchi to pip the visitors 1-0 and emerge winners of the opening match of maiden edition of the Kaduna Director of Sports (DOS),  Yakubu Ibrahim Peace and Unity Cup, played at the Makarfi Township Stadium on Saturday.

    In spite of a heavy downpour, fans of both teams and spectators turned out enmasse to witness the spectacular opening ceremony, attended by several dignitaries.

    The only goal of the match was scored in the first half of the match, which interestingly, had a female centre referee officiating.

    In an interview with newsmen shortly after the final whistle, Kaduna DOS said though its the maiden edition, it will be sustained and even bigger next year.

    “By the time we called for entries, over 50 teams indicated interest  to participate but we could not accommodate all, so we limited it to 16 teams.

    “The football competition  is for unity, I want to call on all teams participating to always play by the rules of the game,” he said.

    He praised Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nadir el-Rufai for creating an enabling environment for the growth of sports.

    The DOS also commended the Kaduna State Commissioner of Sports, Professor Kabiru Mato for his foresight and integrated plans aimed at developing sports at the grassroots.

    The competition is featuring 16 teams from Makarfi Local Government Area, split into four groups.
    Group A comprises Morning Star Sada, B/Mutunchi, Gazara United and Makarfi Pillars.

    Danguzuri Zafas, Mayer’s United, 11 Stars and Drum United will be slugging it out in Group B, while Sabin Gazara, PSG Makarfi, MKR Zenet and Jama’a United will trade tackles in Group C.

    Group D foes in the competition are; Makarfi Mirrors, D/Guzuri United, MKR Cane’s and Anguwan Mal Tanko United.

    High point of the opening ceremony was the presentation of brand new sets of jerseys to all the participating teams by top dignitaries present, including representative of the Commissioner of Sports, Vice Chairman Makarfi Local Government Area, Honourable Ahmed Algazarawi and Chairman, Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Kaduna State chapter, Comrade Isaiah Kemji Benjamin (JP).

    Kaduna SWAN Chairman, Comrade Isaiah Benjamin presenting set of jerseys to one of the teams participating in the Kaduna Director of Sports Peace and Unity Cup at the Makarfi Township Stadium on Saturday October 26, 2019.


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